Sean Penn is not only famous for his acting skills, but for his controversies as well.
|Net Worth:||$ 150.3 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor|
|Born:||August 17, 1960|
|Spouse:||Robin Wright (Divorced)|
|Children:||Two (Dylan Frances and Hooper Jack)|
|Birth Name:||Sean Justin Penn|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73m)|
Sean Penn is well-known not only for his outstanding movies, but as a political and social activist. He criticized the George W. Bush administration and made contact with the President of Cuba and Venezuela.
Sean Justin Penn was born on August 17, 1960 in Burbank, California. Being in the entertainment industry runs in their blood. His parents Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan are director and actress, respectively. His older sibling, Michael, is a singer/songwriter-turned-director while Chris is a noted character actor. During their childhood, they spent most of their free time making amateur films.
Penn's dream was to go to law school, but he skipped college to join the Los Angeles Repertory Theater. He had his first guesting appearance in Little House on the Prairie in 1974. The episode was directed by his father. In 1981, he made his movie debut as Cadet Captain Alex Dwyer in the drama Taps. He acted alongside upcoming actor Tom Cruise. The movie focuses on the efforts of the military cadets to stop the demolition of the Bunker Hill Military Academy.
Penn gained critical attention for his roles in At Close Range (1986), State of Grace (1990), and Carlito’s Way (1993). His performance as Matthew Poncelet in Dead Man Walking in 1995 further established his fame. The movie earned him a Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival. He also received his first Academy Award nomination.
In 1997, he played the lead role Eddie Quinn in the romantic drama movie She’s So Lovely. The movie tells the story of Eddie and his quest to reclaim his wife (Robin Wright). His performance gave him an Academy Award. This also paved the way to his relationship with Wright.
One of his memorable roles is James "Jimmy" Markum in the neo-noir mystery drama film Mystic River in 2003. Jimmy is an ex-convict running neighborhood convenience store. The movie focuses on the lives of Jimmy, Sean (Kevin Bacon), and Dave (Tim Robbins) whose lives were shattered when Jimmy’s daughter died. The movie gave him his first Academy Award for Best Actor.
He won another Academy Award for the movie Milk in 2008. He starred as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. The movie is based on the story of Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist fighting for gay rights.
As of January 2020, Sean Penn’s estimated net worth is $150.3 million. He earned his wealth from acting and directing.
Penn made his directing career debut with The Indian Runner in 1991. A crime drama film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions about life. It was followed by The Crossing Guard, which he also wrote and co-produced, in 1995. The movie focuses on Freddy Gale (Jack Nicholson) and his vengeance for the death of his little girl. He also directed the mystery film The Pledge in 2001. The film focuses on the efforts of a retiring police detective to catch the murderer of a young child.
In 2007, he wrote, co-produced, and directed the biographical adventure drama film Into the Wild. It was an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book of the same title. It tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America and lived in the wilderness. He received two Academy Award nominations for this film.
Penn first married Pop singer Madonna in August 1985. The pair separated in 1989. He then dated actress Robin Wright, whom she met on the sets of She’s So Lovely. The couple got married in 1996 and had two children,Dylan Frances and Hooper Jack. The pair divorced in 2010.
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